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Please Touch Community Garden Greens Abandoned San Francisco Lot

Please Touch Community Garden Greens Abandoned San Francisco Lot

GK Callahan is the director of the Please Touch project, and is also a teacher at the nearby Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which serves the Bay Area community. It was while volunteering

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Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

Paypal Founder Backs Blueseed’s Visa-Free Floating City in California

A genius startup called Blueseed recently announced that Paypal founder Peter Thiel has offered to help secure financing for a visa-free floating city off the California coast. This

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Habitat Horticulture’s Green Living Partitions Divvy Up San Francisco’s Largest Patio Space

Habitat Horticulture’s Green Living Partitions Divvy Up San Francisco’s Largest Patio Space

San Francisco based company Habitat Horticulture recently installed 3 gorgeous green wall partitions for The Metreon City View patio space overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens. The movable living walls create

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Spectacular East Oakland Sports Center Creates a Place of Community

Spectacular East Oakland Sports Center Creates a Place of Community

The Sports Center, which opened in July in Oakland’s Ira Jinkins Park, is in the heart of one of the Bay Area’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Cut off both physically and economically from the thriving

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Fabric8 Creates San Francisco Parklet From Materials Found in the Dump

Fabric8 Creates San Francisco Parklet From Materials Found in the Dump

The parklet's dominant feature is a sloping, thatched hillside made of a motley mix of different types of salvaged wood. From the hill, a slender house rises with a pitched roof and a bunch of small holes

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Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

Artful Renovation Turns San Francisco’s Historic Pier 24 Into Enormous Photography Gallery

The building is designated in the National Register, so its renovation had to preserve the site's historic architectural integrity. Envelope a+d responded to this challenge with a design that embraces the

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Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ Home Springs Up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

Renovated ‘Ship in a Bottle’ Home Springs Up in San Francisco’s Noe Valley

The theme of this year's Architecture and the City Festival was “Architecture of Consequence", and each home on the tour demonstrated how progressive design and creative problem solving can address

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EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

EcoCenter: San Francisco’s First Off-Grid Commercial Building is Up and Running

San Francisco's EcoCenter is the first commercial building in the city to be 100 percent off the grid, and Inhabitat recently toured it as part of this year's Architecture and the City Festival. Even in

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Futuristic Cities Feature Fog Harvesting and Urban Fish Farms

Futuristic Cities Feature Fog Harvesting and Urban Fish Farms

IwamotoScott and van Bergen Kolpa are featured in the “Architecture of Consequence" exhibit currently at AIA San Francisco – an ongoing global project demonstrating the impact that designers and

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The San Francisco Living: Home Tours Kick Off This Weekend!

The San Francisco Living: Home Tours Kick Off This Weekend!

This Saturday marks the start of the AIA San Francisco's 9th annual Living Homes Tour. The first and only of its kind being hosted in the Bay Area, the The AIA SF Home Tours Series is a first-hand

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Portable Parks Pop Up All Over Downtown San Francisco

Portable Parks Pop Up All Over Downtown San Francisco

CMG Landscape Architects designed Yerba Buena’s new Parkmobiles: tiny portable gardens housed in dumpster-style containers. The mini-gardens are just one part of the Street Life Plan’s strategy to

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Inhabitat Tours San Francisco’s Award-Winning LEED Gold Bar Agricole

Inhabitat Tours San Francisco’s Award-Winning LEED Gold Bar Agricole

But Bar Agricole turned out very differently than it might have. Owner Thad Vogel, a Yale grad and longtime barman and restauranteur, had observed the trend among San Francisco restaurants of spotlighting

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Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

Old SF’s Interactive Map Displays San Francisco’s History in Photographs

San Franciscans love their history. The city has established historical museums of all flavors to celebrate its pioneers and their contributions to civil society. Now, armchair travelers are invited to

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Solar Manufacturer Solyndra Files for Bankruptcy

Solar Manufacturer Solyndra Files for Bankruptcy

Solar startup Solyndra has just shut down, announcing their intention to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and immediately let go of most of their 1000 employees. The news comes as a considerable

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The 2011 Architecture and the City Festival Kicks Off Next Week!

The 2011 Architecture and the City Festival Kicks Off Next Week!

Calling all San Francisco Bay Area architecture enthusiasts! Next week marks the launch of the AIASF‘s 2011 Architecture and the City Festival. Filled with awesome tours, new green projects,

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San Francisco Officials Approve Treasure Island Eco-City

San Francisco Officials Approve Treasure Island Eco-City

Treasure Island lies in the middle of San Francisco Bay, visible to the left of the Bay Bridge as it crosses from San Francisco to Oakland. Abutting hilly Yerba Buena Island, Treasure Island is a man-made

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Super Greenies: New Study Uncovers Group of Luxury-Loving, Affluent Environmental Activists

Super Greenies: New Study Uncovers Group of Luxury-Loving, Affluent Environmental Activists

A new study by Scarborough has revealed that the greenest people in the United States also happen to be high earners with a taste for luxury. The study calls these individuals the "Super Green," and they

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New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

New SoMa Skatepark Coming to San Francisco’s Mission District

San Francisco is about to boost its street sports cred with a long-awaited skatepark. After two years of petitioning and planning, the Department of Public Works is ready to break ground on the $3 million

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Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Amazing San Francisco Victorian Renovation Marries the Old With Sustainable Modern

Built in the 1880's the original 3-story home was by itself on top of a hill. Over the years, as roads changed and more houses were built, the original home was extended through a series of unorganized

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INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design

INTERVIEW: David Pierce of Ohio Design

If you haven't yet heard of OHIO, it's time. Founded by David Pierce, the San Francisco-based design studio is turning out some of the most stunning, innovative and diverse modern furnishings anywhere.

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Protected Bikeway Could Replace Parking On San Francisco Streets

Protected Bikeway Could Replace Parking On San Francisco Streets

Could a protected bike lane on San Francisco’s busy four-lane Oak Street provide a safer and quicker cross-town route for cyclists? Would you give up parking spots in your neighborhood in exchange for a

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BMW DesignworksUSA To Upgrade San Francisco’s BART Trains

BMW DesignworksUSA To Upgrade San Francisco’s BART Trains

Riders of San Francisco's BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) can tell by the carpeting, plush upholstery, and decades-old ketchup stains that the same cars have been running down the tracks since 1973. The

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Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

Massive Hunters Point Shipyard Brownfield Project Primed to Set Sail in San Francisco

The seven-mile-per-side square of land that is San Francisco, densely settled for decades with precious little to spare in the way of developable land, is poised to embark upon one of the country’s most

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Inhabitat is Looking for San Francisco Writers and Editors!

Inhabitat is Looking for San Francisco Writers and Editors!

Heads up San Francisco-based writers and editors! Inhabitat is looking for smart and talented Bay Area writers to join our growing team! As the web's biggest green design blog we're offering you a

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San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

The start-then-stop history of the project turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The building was originally designed to be a typical office next to city hall, however after the first halt in

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Stanford’s Neukom Building Is a Stunning Low-Carbon Campus Centerpiece

Stanford’s Neukom Building Is a Stunning Low-Carbon Campus Centerpiece

Opening just in time for the law school commencement in May, the Neukom Building will serve as the new focal point for the law students and faculty. The 65,000 sq ft building is composed of four,

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Awesome Mobile Prefab Coffee Platform is a Rapid Prototyped Way to Get Your Morning Caffeine

Awesome Mobile Prefab Coffee Platform is a Rapid Prototyped Way to Get Your Morning Caffeine

Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. donated a generous supply of Alpolic, which is a unique aluminum composite material, to the studio in hope that the students could explore it and come up with innovative uses.

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INTERVIEW: Architect Toby Long on Living Classroom

INTERVIEW: Architect Toby Long on Living Classroom

As a follow-up to our previous Toby Long interview, we thought it fitting to highlight one particular (and very exciting) community-based green building project that Toby and Clever Homes have been

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Kevin Cyr Unveils Awesome Bike Camper at “Home in the Weeds” Exhibition

Kevin Cyr Unveils Awesome Bike Camper at “Home in the Weeds” Exhibition

Home in the Weeds is Cyr's personal reaction to the fragility of our current society and the feeling of imminent doom. Natural disasters, job loss, injury and other misfortunes have the potential to

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The David Brower Center Becomes Berkeley’s First LEED Platinum Building

The David Brower Center Becomes Berkeley’s First LEED Platinum Building

Opened in 2009, the community center is fully leased and home to the Hazel Wolf Gallery, the organic gourmet restaurant Gather, and a number of environmental non-profits including International Rivers,

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